Taking a vacation once a year is very relaxing. It helps you unwind and take a break from your busy schedule. By the time you resume your official duties, you feel fresh and energized. However, if not planned well, the last days of your vacation can be stressful as you try to run errands and do cleaning chores. Here are useful tips to help you manage the situation with minimal effort.
- Plan for your return even before you go on your vacation
Take care of some of the monthly routines before you leave. Pay any outstanding bills. If there are any utility bills that may fall due when you are away or soon after the vacations, contact your service provider and pay in advance. This will eliminate any anxiety due to late payments when you come home. It will also free time to do other things once you are back.
- Clean your house before you leave for your vacation
You do not want to be welcomed by a foul smell of dirty dishes or stinky trash. Wash all dishes and put them away. Empty the trash cans and keep them clean. Throw out any food in the refrigerator that will expire while you’re on vacation.
- Tend to your lawn
You do not want to find overgrown grass when your return. Mow the lawn and trim it before you leave. You can return from vacation with a feeling that you don’t have to immediately attend to the lawn.
- Turn all the water taps off before leaving
Make sure all taps in the house are turned off. Especially, during winter when taps are susceptible to freezing. Also, make sure there are no running toilets or water leaks. This will ensure that water does not spill and destroy your household items while you are away. Things can get messy and cause you unimaginable loss if your valuables get soaked in water.
Post-Vacation Cleaning Tips
You can travel peacefully knowing that you will have lesser issues to attend to when you return home. After enjoying your vacation, plan to travel home several days before you return to the office. Always give yourself time to rest and get over jet lag. It is unwise to return to work immediately after your vacation. Especially if you have traveled a long distance.
Once you get home, unpack and relax. Sort the laundry and do a load when you can without pressure. If you have pick up and delivery service for your dry cleaning, call your service provider. If they do not pick and drop services, plan when you will take the laundry to them. Treat yourself to maid services to assist with the cleaning if you can afford it. This will allow more time to rest.
Use your extra time to catch up with your family and friends. If you bought gifts, visit and share the items. Tell them your stories about your vacation and allow yourself to enjoy the memories. Sharing your memories will lift your spirit and leave you happy and emotionally strong. Be sure to attend to any matters that could require your time before you return to work.
I hope these pre and post vacation cleaning tips will help you the next time you decide to head out for a little rest and relaxation. What pre and post vacation cleaning tips do you have to share?
About the Author: Beverly Jenkins is proud of her staff at The Tidy Maids house cleaning service in Raleigh, NC. She has 24 years of experience in house cleaning, customer service, and business operations. She knows all the tips and tricks and do-it-yourself hacks when it comes to cleaning and her clients’ homes are the best proof for that.